Use Our New Retreat Guide
Are you planning a grad/faculty retreat? Looking for a doable way to engage questions of faith and work? Or spiritual formation in the academic life? Check out our new Scholar’s Compass retreat breakout group guide!
ESN partnered with the Northern California GFM team 2022 Winter Grad Conference to design and test this retreat guide for small group discussions of Scholar’s Compass. We’re sharing it here with the hope it will help spark faith and work and spiritual formation conversations in many other places too.
Retreat Format Ideas
Note: We tested this in an online retreat format due to pandemic safety planning. We believe this structure is easily adaptable to an in-person retreat as well.
- 3 Main Sessions
- 10-minute talk by speaker introducing each topic
- 45-minute small groups conversations, participants encouraged to take notes they’re willing to share publicly in a Google doc (Protocol: We may share these ideas in the retreat, on social media, etc. If you want credit for an idea please include your name. If not, we’ll assume it’s okay to share anonymously.)
- 5-min speaker Q&A with questions chosen from Google Doc notes
Share Your Ideas & Resource Needs
As always, feel free to share your ideas and resource needs in the comments. We would love to know what other resources you might find helpful, how you used this retreat guide, and any other ideas you have.
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About the author:
Dr. Hannah Eagleson loves building the ecosystem Christian scholars need to flourish and create positive impacts, in the university and beyond. She is Associate Director of InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network, a digital first ministry serving thousands of early career Christian scholars. Dr. Eagleson launched the ESN student/early career track at the American Scientific Affiliation annual faith and science conference. She is the editor of *Science and Faith: Student Questions Explored* (Hendrickson, 2019), and the one-semester guidebook *Scholar’s Compass: Connecting Faith & Work for Academics* (InterVarsity Emerging Scholars Network, 2021), with design by noted liturgical artist Ned Bustard. She also launched the Scholar's Compass online devotional series in her previous role as ESN Editor. Dr. Eagleson holds an MA from St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD) and a PhD in Renaissance literature from the University of Delaware.